Disney Adapting “Swiss Family Robinson” as a Disney+ Original Series

Disney Television Studios announced a series adaptation of the classic novel Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss during today’s Disney Investor Day.

What’s Happening:

  • Disney is adapting Swiss Family Robinson as a Disney+ Original Series from Ron Moore (Outlander) and Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians).
  • Walt Disney adapted the story for the big screen in 1960 in the cinemascope classic film starring John Mills, Dorothy Maguire, James MacArthur, Janet Munroe, Tommy Kirk, and Kevin Corcoran.
  • Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson is currently streaming on Disney+, along with a 1940 RKO version that Walt Disney bought to prevent a re-release or TV airings from competing with his big budget adaptation.
  • Disney Television also did a modern adaptation of the story in a 1997 The Wonderful World of Disney TV movie called Beverly Hills Family Robinson starring Martin Mull and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  • The Disney+ series adaptation of Swiss Family Robinson is expected to start streaming in 2021.
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